Politics

Don't Drop the Birth Control Ball This Year

Oh the things that make up New Year’s Eve: chintzy eye-glasses, countless top ten lists, nosiemakers…emergency contraception? According to the National Institute for Reproductive Health, sales for emergency contraception... Read more »

Her Life Depends On It

Here's something I learned today: Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female physician in the U.S., gave a series of lectures in 1859 that emphasized the importance of physical activity in the lives of girls-going so far as to define the first law of life as the law of exercise. Blackwell argued that a... Read more »

Illinois Man Pleads Guilty to Stalking ESPN's Erin Andrews

In some ways, the news is anti-climactic: Michael David Barrett, an insurance executive of Illinois, pled guilty yesterday to the interstate stalking of ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews.More specifically, Barrett admitted to buying information about Andrews over the internet; traveling to... Read more »

MTV Pulls the Punch. But why?

While MTV originally planned to band-aid the episode of Jersey Shore featuring Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi getting punched--hard--in the face by by airing a PSA cautioning "Violence against women in any form is a... Read more »

Bitch Popaganda: Douche's Not Dead Edition

It’s like The View, only we won’t call you a hooker. Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Lend your ears as Briar, Jonanna, Danny, and Kelsey try to... Read more »

Bunk Documentaries (1 of 2): The Right to Confuse

What's wrong with this picture? (Hint: it's not the competing fonts). This still, taken from the trailer of the film South Dakota: A Woman's Right to Choose might be the first time I've seen "a woman's right to choose" accompanying an in utero photo. Those are both articles of rhetoric from... Read more »

On the Map: Because I am a Girl, I Call Bullshit

The 411 Initiative for Change and Plan Canada are touring Canada to screen a new documentary film for students in middle and high school that features... Read more »

Adopt-ation: A feminist take on the state of the adoption industry

Do a quick search on the Internet and you'll see that there are lots more people waiting to adopt a healthy newborn these days than there are babies out there ready to be adopted. Gone are the (ahem) "good old days" when a pregnant woman finding herself in less than optimal circumstances could be... Read more »

Open Thread: Health Care Reform and the Stupak Amendment

On Saturday night the House of Representatives narrowly passed a health-care reform bill, changing the way Americans will access health insurance. Included in the bill was an amendment from Bart Stupak (D-MI... Read more »

To Be A Title IX Dad

Matt Schmitt offers a love letter to Title IX--and the social transformation it ignited, far beyond what was originally envisioned. Schmitt's eight-year-old daughter catches on a Little League baseball team; she's the only girl on the team, she was voted Most Valuable Catcher by her coach last year... Read more »

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Douchebag Decree: Anti-Choice Hidden Camera Edition

Tool-in-pimp's-clothing James O'Keefe's laughable costume and douchebag seduction methods have mostly discredited his conservative... Read more »

Sojourner Truth, Unveiled

The leaders of the [women's suffrage] movement trembled on seeing a tall, gaunt black woman in a gray dress and white turban,...

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A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »

The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human... Read more »